Saturday, August 25, 2018

August 2018 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Ideas - Blissful Blooms

So it's the end of August and the beginning of a new school year.  I have been focusing my creativity energies on resetting for the new year through a great program called Camp Reset 2018.  Like most moms and dads I know, we exert a majority of our energies to making sure our kids not only thrive and survive but also get everywhere they need to be.  Then we try to use the little bit of time that is left to keep our houses in order, possibly our relationships with spouses in check, and maybe a tiny bit of sleep.  We don't spend much time on ourselves, making sure our buckets are being filled by things that don't wake up in the night and aren't sticky like spilled juice.  We all need to make time to find the best way to restore our emotional balance and health.  That is what this program is doing for me and I'm very grateful to think more about self-care.

As we head into Week 5, focusing on creativity, I decided to finally sit down and do my alternative ideas for this month's Paper Pumpkin.  I've struggled to stay on top of my subscriber thank yous but am accepting that I am not perfect and am trying hard to get caught up.  This month's kit was pretty and simple and honestly, because I liked it so much, I wasn't really motivated to do alternatives.  But because I wanted to get some of my outstanding projects list accomplished as part of Camp Reset, I took a stab at it this morning.


Here is the result of 90 minutes of me time.  My subscribers will get a project sheet this afternoon with step by step instructions on how to make these projects with their kits.  They also will be getting a card in the mail with this set and finally the other two cards from the last two months.  It's going to be like Christmas in the mail!

For those not familiar with this program, Paper Pumpkin a kit in the mail subscription.  Kits come in a cool box with ink, stamps, adhesive, and a card or 3D kit with detailed instructions.  They also do videos on how to put them together so you can be successful whether a new crafter or experienced!  My favorite part is the surprise - you don't know what you will get until it gets here.  You have to sign up by the 10th of the month to get the kit and it costs 19.95 plus tax.  You can defer a month or cancel any time but once you make time for yourself to do these projects, you'll look forward to it every month.  You can sign up here if you are interested in trying it out!

Sometimes they do teasers like for next month.  For all my Halloween fans out there, the next kit is Halloween Treats and it looks like a frightfully fun way to craft for the holiday!  See more info on that at the bottom of the post.

So back to this month's kit (when I blog so infrequently, I always have a lot to say!)  This month's kit came with supplies to make 10 cards with envelopes in a floral pattern.  The envelopes have silver lining and patterns inside.  The ink was Blackberry Bliss, one of my top 3 ink colors, and the stamp set had sayings for thanks, congrats, just because, and a great saying for sympathy cards that said "The loss is immeasurable but so is the love left behind."  Plus some cute flower images.

These are the two cards directly from the kit.  Aren't they beautiful?  They are photographed on a piece of our Festive Farmhouse DSP that I haven't had the heart to cut for Christmas classes yet!


Here are the rest of my alternative designs.









I'd love to hear which one is your favorite.  And if you want to sign up to get these project sheets for future kits, sign up HERE by the 10th of September!


Sign up by September 10th to get this spooky treat kit in time for Halloween.  Subscribers not only get a project sheet of alternative ideas from me (like how to turn them into cards using our notecards) but they are also invited to an exclusive Fright Night Frights Paper Pumpkin party to assemble the kit and stuff those bags with goodies.  Not local?  No issue - I have another tasty treat for you that will come in the mail.

Sign up here:   https://mypaperpumpkin.com/en/?demoid=80380

Have a craftastic day,
Stacy

Friday, July 20, 2018

July 2018 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Ideas - Picnic Paradise

It's summer and with that comes fruit season!  I love it when my garden explodes with strawberries and blueberries, almost as much as my kids do!

This month's Paper Pumpkin kit had new colors and old favorites.  The kit had our favorite fruits and leaves in Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, and Blueberry Bushel.  It had versatile sayings and a fun summer theme with the 3D picnic baskets that would be perfect for placesettings or neighbor gifts or hostess gifts for summer events.


The kit itself came with Soft Suede ink spot, an 8 piece photopolymer stamp set, instructions, and pieces for 12 love notes and 4 3D baskets.  Aren't they adorable?  And while cute, they are just fun to make for experienced crafters or new ones.


In addition to the great projects SU! designs, subscribers with me also get an tip and tricks sheet along with step by step instructions for alternative ideas each month and a card in the mail using the stamp set from the kit.

Below is the first round of projects I created for them this month.

Tip: Use the fruit sheets as templates to stamp or sponge in!


Tip: Keep the things you punch out from the berries to embellish your cards like you would sequins or gems!


Tip: Cut apart the baskets and mount them on cards.  And cut strips from the die cut fruit and leaf sheets to embellish your cards!


Tip: Don't be afraid to cut up your tissue paper.  If you are afraid it will tear, layer a piece of cardstock under it when you cut!  Or cover any torn edges with photos like in these 12 x 12 layouts!


To get future kits, you need to sign up by the 10th of the month.  And once you are a subscriber, you are able to purchase past refills and sometimes full kits while supplies last!

Sign up here: https://mypaperpumpkin.com/en/?demoid=80380


If you sign up by August 10th using the promo code BLOOM0818, you can try out Paper Pumpkin for 50% off as a new subscriber!  Based on the graphic, I'm guessing we have something beautiful in store to finish out the summer!


The time has come to stock up on your favorite Designer Series Paper Products.  When you purchase three packs from the special, you get to select an additional pack for free.  Check out the video below for all the images included in this promotion!


To purchase these products, visit MY ONLINE STORE and use hostess code 7E3PSSEC upon checkout!


Finding so many things you want that you can't make up your mind?  There is a great path for you to take in this case - join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator!  When you sign up for $99 plus tax, you can pick out $125 worth of merchandise to get yourself started or to supplement your existing supplies!  Plus, during the month of July, you can pick out an ENTIRE color family for free to add to your kit!  That's a great value for a limited time only!  

Sign up here or contact me today to see if this a good option for you.  I know it's been a life-changer for me!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

New Blends are Finally Here!

Your wait is over - the new Stampin' Blends colors are available for purchase!  Stampin' Blends offer more shading possibilities and they blend into each other, leaving you with no lines like when you color using pencils or Write markers.   You can see how to use them below.



Click the captions below to add these new colors to your carts and use hostess code 7E3PSSEC when checking out!

Call Me Clover Blends Combo Pack - 147282 - $9.00

Flirty Flamingo Blends Combo Pack - 147278 - $9.00

Granny Apple Green Blends Combo Pack - 147274 - $9.00
Highland Heather Blends Combo Pack - 147276 - $9.00
Lovely Lipstick Blends Combo Pack - 147281 - $9.00
Mint Macaron Blends Combo Pack - 147283 - $9.00
Petal Pink Blends Combo Pack - 147272 - $9.00
Pineapple Punch Blends Combo Pack - 147280 - $9.00
Poppy Parade Blends Combo Pack - 147275 - $9.00
Soft Sea Foam Blends Combo Pack - 148059 - $9.00
Soft Suede Blends Combo Pack - 147273 - $9.00

You can also get these Blends in light and dark singles separately on my site as well.

Take care,
Stacy

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Introducing Notes of Kindness Card Kit

Summer is busy.  If you have children, you are trying to get them to stay as busy as they did while in school.  If you don't, you are busy traveling and grateful you don't have little kids anymore to keep busy all summer long.  Either way, people struggle to find time for themselves to craft in the summer because they are on the go.

Stampin' Up! has two solutions to the "I am not home" or "I don't have time" to craft dilemma.  The first is the Paper Pumpkin program that allows you to receive a kit in the mail that you can take with you to craft anywhere.  Whether sitting in the bleachers witnessing splash, I mean, swim lessons or enjoying a little cozy patio overlooking the lake, the Paper Pumpkin kits come with everything you need to make beautiful projects!  You can find more info on that program and sign up at the bottom of this post.

The second are our all-inclusive card kits.  These kits come with the card bases and pieces, decorative envelopes, stamps, adhesive, and ink to make beautiful projects.


These are the samples in the kit.  I did not use the copper twine that came in the box as it's not something I like to add to projects but you have it in there if you like it.

I also made a few alternative samples.  I didn't add any paper to the kits but I did use the Soft Sea Foam ink pad on a few and our returning Blackberry Bliss ink.





Grab your scissors, your kit, and your peace of mind and enjoy these great projects today.

To purchase the supplies featured in these projects, please visit my Online store or click the images below.  Please use hostess code 7E3PSSEC when checking out.

https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/product/148266/notes-of-kindness-card-kit?dbwsdemoid=80380
Notes of Kindness Card Kit - 148266 - $35.00
Soft Sea Foam Ink Pad - 147102 - $7.50
Blackberry Bliss Ink Pad - 147902 - $7.50
Paper Snips - 103579 - $10.00



Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by the 10th of the month to try this great program over the summer.  Paper Pumpkin offers a kit in the mail to help your creative juices flow!  The cost is $19.95 per month plus tax and includes a kit of pre-cut pieces, instructions, ink spots, and adhesive.  The projects are usually cards but sometimes there are 3D or décor items.  As a subscriber with me, you get a project sheet with at least 3 alternative ideas and invitations to free Paper Pumpkin Parties where you can bring your kit to assemble with other stamping friends and make those alternative projects.  Make time for yourself and make room for your creativity to blossom with Paper Pumpkin!  Sign up HERE! 



Finding so many things you want that you can't make up your mind?  There is a great path for you to take in this case - join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator!  When you sign up for $99 plus tax, you can pick out $125 worth of merchandise to get yourself started or to supplement your existing supplies!  Sign up here or contact me today to see if this a good option for you.  I know it's been a life-changer for me!



Have a craftastic day,

Stacy

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Introducing Call Me Clover

Call Me Clover is the last of the 2018-2020 In Colors.  This shade is darker than Cucumber Crush or Gumball Green.

For this card, I utilized another vase that was created using this technique.


Once I had my vase, I started to build on my 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of Very Vanilla.  Using the 2018-2020 In Color DSP Stack, I added a 5 x 1 piece of Grapefruit Grove, then a 3/4 x 3 1/2 piece of Call Me Clover, and a 1/2 x 2 piece of Blueberry Bushel DSP.


I stamped the flower base in Call Me Clover ink on a 1 1/2 x 2 3/4 piece of Very Vanilla.  Then I added a Grapefruit Grove poppy on top of it using the Grapefruit Grove marker.  Finally, I added my vase using mini dimensionals and a bow of Vanilla twine, held by a glue dot.


I finished it off with a Thanks stamped in Call Me Clover ink and called it a good day.

To purchase the supplies featured in this project, please visit my Online store or click the images below.  Please use hostess code 6UNDPMF7 when checking out.

In Color 2018-2020 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper (DSP) - 146963 - $11.00

Call Me Clover Ink Pad - 147139 - $7.50

In Color 2018-2020 Stampin' Write Markers - 147159 - $15.00

Varied Vases Photopolymer Bundle - 148381 - $39.50

Mini Dimensionals - 144108 - $4.00

Solid Vanilla Baker's Twine - 144224 - $3.00
Mini Glue Dots -103683 - $5.25



Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by the 10th of the month to try this great program over the summer.  Paper Pumpkin offers a kit in the mail to help your creative juices flow!  The cost is $19.95 per month plus tax and includes a kit of pre-cut pieces, instructions, ink spots, and adhesive.  The projects are usually cards but sometimes there are 3D or décor items.  As a subscriber with me, you get a project sheet with at least 3 alternative ideas and invitations to free Paper Pumpkin Parties where you can bring your kit to assemble with other stamping friends and make those alternative projects.  Make time for yourself and make room for your creativity to blossom with Paper Pumpkin!  Sign up HERE!




Finding so many things you want that you can't make up your mind?  There is a great path for you to take in this case - join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator!  When you sign up for $99 plus tax, you can pick out $125 worth of merchandise to get yourself started or to supplement your existing supplies!  Sign up here or contact me today to see if this a good option for you.  I know it's been a life-changer for me!


Have a craftastic day,
Stacy

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Introducing Pineapple Punch

Grab your sunglasses crafting friends because Pineapple Punch is as bright as the sun outside!  This beautiful yellow is much brighter than Daffodil Delight and makes So Saffron almost look tan next to it.  The greatest thing about this color to me is that it's pops off the page and makes your images look joyous and happy.  It has definitely grown on me!

To make this card, you would use the Blueberry Bushel vases using the tutorial I posted on June 14th.  If you missed it, you can check it out below.


Add a 1 x 4 1/4 piece of 2018-2020 In Color DSP to the upper portion of a folded 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 Very Vanilla card.

Cut out a scalloped circle from a 3 x 3 piece of Pineapple Punch and circle from a 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 piece of Very Vanilla.  I used the 3rd largest scalloped circle and the 4th largest circle from the Layering Circles Framelits and my Big Shot.  Add the scallop to the card with adhesive and the circle with dimensionals.


Place the vase on the circle to determine where to put the stems.  Lift it and draw three short stems with the Call Me Clover marker  Add the vase using adhesive.  If it's adhered first, ink may get on the vase from the stems.

Stamp a tulip in the corners of the Pineapple Punch scrap left over from the Big Shot.  Punch out using the Vases Builder Punch.  Add two to the card using adhesive and one using a mini dimensional.

Add a small Linen Thread bow with a glue dot and stamp the entiment at the bottom using Blueberry Bushel.

I used the supplies below to make this project!  If you choose to purchase them via my Online store, please use hostess code 6UNDPMF7 upon checkout.

Blueberry Bushel Ink Pad - 147138 - $7.50

Pineapple Punch Ink Pad - 147141 - $7.50

Varied Vases Photopolymer Bundle - 148381 - $39.50

Stamparatus - 146276 - $49.00
Layering Circles Framelits - 141705 - $35.00

Big Shot - 143263 - $110.00

Standard Cutting Mats - 113475 - $11.00

Magnetic Platform - 130658 - $40.00

Mini Dimensionals - 144108 - $4.00

Pineapple Punch 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock - 146971 - $8.50
In Color 2018-2020 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack - 146963 - $11.00
Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock - 101650 - $9.75
Linen Thread - 104199 - $5.00

Don't forget to give this card to someone when you are done.  It will brighten their heart instantly!  As much fun as it is to make these projects, the impact of receiving them in the mail is even greater!





Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by the 10th of the month to try this great program over the summer.  Paper Pumpkin offers a kit in the mail to help your creative juices flow!  The cost is $19.95 per month plus tax and includes a kit of pre-cut pieces, instructions, ink spots, and adhesive.  The projects are usually cards but sometimes there are 3D or décor items.  As a subscriber with me, you get a project sheet with at least 3 alternative ideas and invitations to free Paper Pumpkin Parties where you can bring your kit to assemble with other stamping friends and make those alternative projects.  Make time for yourself and make room for your creativity to blossom with Paper Pumpkin!  Sign up HERE!




Finding so many things you want that you can't make up your mind?  There is a great path for you to take in this case - join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator!  When you sign up for $99 plus tax, you can pick out $125 worth of merchandise to get yourself started or to supplement your existing supplies!  Sign up here or contact me today to see if this a good option for you.  I know it's been a life-changer for me!



Have a craftastic day,


Stacy